Crunchberry Cereal Bars

Crunchberry Cereal Bars are a fun fruity crunchy twist on marshmallow treats! Buttery vanilla corn bars speckled with colorful berry flavored puffed cereal!

The only thing better than opening your lunchbox (or pantry) and seeing a tasty homemade Rice Krispie Treats is finding one of these colorful, crunchy Snack Bars in it’s place!

Crunchberry Cereal Marshmallow Bars with cereal around it

CRUNCHBERRY CEREAL BARS

These Crunchberry Treats are like half Cap’n Crunch and half Trix Cereal for a fruity, not too sugary, cereal bar that looks as fun as it is to make and eat! These colorful speckled bars are perfect desserts for barbecues, potlucks, and picnics. Just pop them in a cooler until about 30 minutes before serving to keep them from melting on a hot day and enjoy all summer long.

Marshmallow treats like Crunchberry Cereal Bars are some of the easiest desserts you could ever make. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a pot, a pan, and a spatula. Even the member of your family with the least baking skills can handle these easy bars! You could even make them in the microwave if you wanted one less dish to clean.

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The only tip you need for Crunchberry Cereal Bars is to not scorch your marshmallows. If you overheat the marshmallows, the sugar will start to caramelize in the butter, making your bars crunchy instead of chewy and gooey. Luckily marshmallows heat pretty fast, so there’s not a lot danger as long as you stir often and remove from heat once they are melty.

You can mix in all kinds of baking items you have on hand to make Crunchberry Cereal Bars extra delicious. From nuts to white chocolate chips to dried fruit, cereal bars are great for cleaning out your pantry! If you want to add ingredients that will melt, i.e. chocolate chips, wait a few minutes after you’ve mixed in the cereal and then stir them in.

Crunchberry Cereal Bars are tasty all on their own but you can always dip them in Chocolate Ganache for a chocolate covered berry treat. You could frost these bars with Buttercream Frosting, like you would cake, and sprinkle them with rainbow candy chips for a Funfetti Cereal Bar!

Crunchberry Cereal Marshmallow Bars in baking pan

VARIATIONS ON CRUNCHBERRY CEREAL BARS

  • Cereal: If you can’t get enough of the fruity sweet berry flavor, swap half the Crunchberries with Trix or Fruit Loops. Very Berry Cheerios, Oops All Berries, and Berry Berry Kix are all great too if you can find them!
  • Fruit Pieces: For more natural fruity flavor, add chopped up freeze-dried strawberries or banana chips in with your cereal marshmallow mixture.
  • Marshmallows: If you want more chewy marshmallow, reserve one cup of mini marshmallows from the melted butter. Mix in the Crunchberry cereal to the melted marshmallow mixture and wait a couple minutes, then fold in the reserved marshmallows.
  • White Chocolate: Dip the bottoms of Crunchberry Cereal Bars in melted white chocolate for a creamy layer. Add a little skim milk powder and vanilla extract to the chocolate to make it taste more like cereal milk!

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HOW TO STORE CRUNCHBERRY CEREAL BARS

  • Serve: Cereal Bars like Crunchberry Treats are best if you keep them at room temperature so they stay soft and chewy. Refrigerate if the weather is really hot, otherwise avoid chilling.
  • Store: Keep Crunchberry Cereal Bars covered in an airtight container, lined with paper towels to absorb moisture if needed, in a cool dry place for up to 3 days. Although crunchier, refrigerated bars will last about 1 week. Bring to room temperature to serve.
  • Freeze: Once Crunchberry Cereal Bars are set, cut and place in a sealed container. Use parchment paper between layers to keep from sticking and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw on the counter to serve.

Crunchberry Cereal Marshmallow Bar with cereal and marshmallows next to it

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Crunchberry Cereal Bars

Crunchberry Cereal Bars are a fun fruity crunchy twist on marshmallow treats! Buttery vanilla corn bars speckled with colorful berry flavored puffed cereal!
Yield 16 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 7 cups Crunchberry Cereal

Instructions

  • Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  • Add butter to a large pot on medium low until melted then mix in the marshmallows until they are just melted (do not let this sit while melted for too long or the bars will be brittle).
  • Add in the Crunchberry cereal and mix well until combined.
  • Gently press the cereal mixture into the baking pan and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Crunchberry Cereal Bars

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. These are such a delicious snack, they are the perfect thing to prep and enjoy throughout the week. I doubled the portion and now just have some on the table for the kids to grab and enjoy.